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Scrum Events – The Sprint Retrospective

The Sprint Retrospective allows the team to inspect itself and adapt the Scrum process for the next Sprint. The meeting is time-boxed to 3 hours and involves the whole Scrum team.

We look at how the last Sprint performed with regard to

  • People
  • Processes
  • Relationships
  • Tools

We also identify what went well and what could be improved. This items can also be ordered in terms of importance.

Finally, the whole team collaborates to create a plan for the next Sprint. This details how the improvements that have been identified, will actually be implemented.


The role of the Scrum Master is to see how the Scrum process can be improved so that the team can fully benefit from it. They encourage the team to improve their development processes so that they are more effective in the next Sprint.

Using what we have learnt from the Sprint Review and Retrospective meetings, the team can adapt the Definition of Done. For example, perhaps a stakeholder who turned up to the Sprint Review was colour blind and the team had not tested for sufficient contract on text colours. The Definition of Done can be adapted to the include accessibility testing of the subsequent increment.


Although it is one of the shortest Scrum meetings, it is also one of the most important. It allows us to utilise the empiricism that Scrum offers, so every Sprint we have a formal opportunity to inspect and adapt.

In subsequent posts, we’ll look at some of the techniques that can be used during the Sprint Retrospective in order to facilitate discussion and learning.

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